Great Capitals, the Adriatic and Croatia

September 8, 2018 to September 23, 2018

With Gigi Bromage, Tour Director from Insight Vacations!

 

Embark on a journey to areas of stunning natural beauty and historical significance on this Europe escorted tour through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Sarajevo and Dubrovnik. From the old world beauty and architectural splendor of Vienna, to cities with rich histories, like Ljubljana with its charming mix of old and new, Zagreb, and Sarajevo.  You’ll spend the night at the incredible Plitvice Lakes area and see the National Park with its striking azure waterways, cascading falls and thick woodland. Walk the streets of the UNESCO protected city of Split, a town within a town, a maze of cobbled alleys and marbled flagged courtyards.  You’ll end your trip at the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik.  With its ornate doorways, romantic bridges and lopsided rooftops, this walled medieval city rises vertically from the sea, and is a sight to behold.  Join us on this amazing adventure!

 

 

 

 

Your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Europe.

On arrival at Vienna Airport, your airport transfer will leave for your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

Hotel: Hilton (or similar)
Meal: Welcome Reception and Dinner

Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your cameras ready for a drive around the famous ring road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial residence and Parliament building.

Hotel: Hilton (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

In the morning, cross the border into Slovenia and journey to its second largest city Maribor. After spending time in this charming city, head to the ‘beloved’ city of Ljubljana.

Hotel: Hotel Lev (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) A Local Expert will reveal the Baroque elegance of the Slovenian capital. The medieval castle stands as ancient guardian, the City Hall and Cathedral of St. Nicholas testify to its historical importance, while the Triple Bridge spans the river adorned with cafés and restaurants. Spend time in the glorious Central Market, rich with the heady aromas of fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, meat and spices. Your Local Expert will share insights into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. The rest of afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, you are invited to choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.

Hotel: Hotel Lev (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dine-Around

(Relaxed Start) Start the morning by journeying into Croatia and on to the country's capital, Zagreb. On arrival, guided sightseeing will take you through the squares of the Lower Town to the cathedral. Then walk through the medieval Upper Town to see the Stone Gate, St. Mark's Church and Lotrščak Tower.

Hotel: Sheraton (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) A free day to relax and enjoy a city that is bursting with culture. Perhaps spend time exploring one of the many museums or browsing the shops in the Lower Town (Donji grad) area.

Hotel: Sheraton (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Journey south to visit one of Europe's great natural wonders. A Local Expert will lead you through zig-zagging timber footbridges and the crystal blue-green beauty of Plitvice National Park; a scenic wonderland of 16 interconnecting lakes, flanked by waterfalls and primeval forest. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-meter-high falls and Tomicevo Pogledalo for spectacular panoramic views.

Hotel: Jezero, Plitvice Lakes (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

The green forests give way to pebble-dashed shores lapped by turquoise waters as you travel to Trogir, a historic town founded by the Greeks in 400BC. Admire the cathedral and Renaissance Cipiko Palace before continuing to the historic port of Split. 1,700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built his palace here and today it forms the nucleus of the old town. A Local Expert will lead you through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares to see St. Duje's, (originally Diocletian's Mausoleum), the Temple of Jupiter (today, a baptistery) and the Golden Gate, before venturing underground. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity to have dinner in a traditional 'Konoba'.

Hotel: President Solin or Atrium Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) A full free day to explore Split and see Dalmatian life as it’s really lived. Always buzzing, this lively city has just the right balance of tradition and modernity.

Hotel: President Solin or Atrium Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner

Arrive in Sarajevo, a town with a turbulent past - in 1914 it was the site of the assassination that sparked WWI and more recently, it endured the longest siege in modern military history.

Hotel: Bristol (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Morning sightseeing with a Local Expert introduces you to the Sarajevo War Tunnels Museum, housing part of the secret tunnel that was the city's lifeline during the Bosnian war. Talk to one of the survivors, for whom the siege of Sarajevo remains a defining moment in his life. You will also see the Latin Bridge where Austrian Crown Prince, Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated. Continue to the Baščaršija, the cobbled old town market where Sarajevo was founded by the Ottomans in the 15th century. In the afternoon, relax during free time.

Hotel: Bristol (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

In the morning, travel south to stop with at the small town of Medjugorje. A now famous religious site due to six children, who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Cross the border, back into Croatia and journey to the walled town of Dubrovnik. On arrival, join a Local Expert to explore the stone-paved streets inside the 16th century bastions of the old town. See Onofrio's Fountain and the Rector's Palace, as well as the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

Hotel: Kompas Hotel (or similar)
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

(Relaxed Start) In the morning, there is an optional visit to Montenegro. Start with Kotor, situated on the only fjord on the Adriatic coast. Capture forever on film one of the most beautiful parts of the bay, and learn some of the compelling history of this area. Then head to the picturesque town of Budva where there is free time for lunch before returning to Dubrovnik. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the evening Celebration Dinner, loosened in spirit and bonded by magical miles, expect a hubbub of clinking glasses, laughter and conversation. The food will be fragrant and fresh, the setting out of this world and the memories unforgettable.

Hotel: Kompas Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast/ Celebration Dinner

Today is an extra free day to spend enjoying the sights and sounds of Dubrovnik before our journey comes to an end.

Hotel: Kompas Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Sadly, your tour comes to an end today. Transfer from the hotel to the Dubrovnik airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meals: Buffet Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Vienna, and return from Dubrovnik, Croatia including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Vienna and Dubrovnik

Tour Services and Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • Added Fox tour experience (to be determined)
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by professional, Insight Tour Director, Gigi Bromage
  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Meals

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Six dinners including a Welcome Dinner, two 3-course dinners, restaurant dinner, dine around dinner and a final evening Celebration dinner in Dubrovnik

Hotel Accommodations for 14 nights in 4-star hotels

  • Two nights in Vienna
  • Two nights in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Two nights in Zagreb, Croatia
  • One night in Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
  • Two nights in Split, Croatia
  • Two nights in Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Three nights in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hotels include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling

Included Sightseeing and Tours

  • Vienna: Enjoy the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace with a Local Expert. See St Charles’ Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace, Opera House, Parliament building.
  • Plitvice Lakes: Marvel at the water wonderland of Plitvice National Park as you walk along stunning cascades, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Ljubljana: Spend time with a Local Expert in the glorious Central Market and gain an insight into some of the Slovenian delicacies on display. See the Castle, Cathedral of St Nicholas, Triple Bridge and City Hall.
  • Zagreb: See Roosevelt Square and Ban Josip Jelacic Square. Tour the Upper Town to view the Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St Marks Church and the Lotrščak Tower.
  • Split: With a local historian, explore above and below ground within the walls of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace – now in the heart of modern day Split. See St. Duje’s, the baptistery and the Golden Gate on your guided tour through the labyrinthine streets.
  • Sarajevo: A personal insight into a city under siege! Visit the ‘Tunnel of Hope’, and talk directly with a resident who lived through the 44-month blockade and was privy to the city’s secret lifeline. Tour the Bacarsija to see the Mosque and Olympic Stadium
  • Mostar: Learn the history and symbolic significance of the Stari Most Bridge and explore the old town.
  • Dubrovnik: See Onofrio’s Fountain, Rector’s Palace and city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.

Not included:  Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

* Minimum group required for Fox World Travel tour manager to participate. In the unlikely event the minimum number is not reached, an experienced local tour manager is still included.  Unlimited beverages do not include premium wine and premium spirits.

 

Past Passenger Discount – $165.00 off per person (Must have traveled with Insight Vacation or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan   Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years)

Tour-Only

Tour Only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Includes round-trip airfare from Chicago O'Hare
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $870.00
Triple Reduction: $60.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due: 
No later than June 15, 2018

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $414.46 per person are included and subject to change.

Departing from Chicago O’Hare

Depart September 8

Depart Chicago O’Hare on September 8 on KLM Flight #612 at 4:00 PM and arrive in Amsterdam at 6:45 AM (September 9 arrival)

Depart Amsterdam on September 9 on KLM Flight #1845 at 11:45 AM and arrive in Vienna at 1:30 PM

Return September 23

Depart Dubrovnik on SAS Flight #1852 at 9:55 AM and arrive in Stockholm at 12:45 PM

Depart Stockholm on SAS Flight #945 at 4:35 PM and arrive in Chicago O’Hare  at 6:35 PM

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to June 15, 2018: Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • June 16 to July 10, 2018:  50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 11 to August 8, 2018: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • August 9, 2018 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.